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as (pagan) music saved my soul: what I learned from Paganism & Pantheism

Is there anything really sacred? Depending on your religious beliefs, you can choose any of hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of answers. If there’s one thing that I’ve leaned from Paganism and Pantheism is that the earth is sacred as the source of food and shelter for humanity while we (“mutant monkeys”) destroy it. The Dutch neofolk band Omnia said it best in two of their songs — Earth Warrior and I Don’t Speak Human.

It’s almost as a hippie revival taking place in Europe where some of the best music’s coming from. In any case, regardless of religion (or lack of) and/or the music you hold dear, we (“mutant monkeys”) should try to keep the earth’s delicate ecosystem alive and healthy.

as (pagan) music saved my soul: analyzing Eluveitie

A little back ago, I wrote about Eluveitie. I don’t often over-analyze why I listen to the music I like. I just know I like it and want to listen to some song again and again. Anything else I can do without. Since I’m writing (typing) this entry, it’s a fair guess to say that it’s time over-analyze my interest in music — folk metal, in this case. The usual pop melody’s structured around lyrics over percussion (drums) and strings (one or two guitars and a bass — biggest exception being The Doors with an electric organ instead of a bass). The introduction of wind (brass or wood) fills a vast emptiness in the hearing spectrum. All this brings an enrichment to the music as well as exploiting musical modes and/or changing tempos.

as (pagan) music saved my soul: Eluveitie

I’ve been listening to Pagan (also referred to as folk) metal for a while. I’ve currently got Eluveitie (Switzerland) on heavy rotation. Some of their songs are in ancient Celtic languages like Omnos (roughly translated as Fear) written in Gaulish — sort of music for nerds (at least, no songs in KlingonQapla’!) with a range of instruments including

  1. accordions,
  2. bagpipes,
  3. bodhrán,
  4. crumhorns,
  5. fiddles,
  6. flutes,
  7. gaitas,
  8. hammered dulcimers,
  9. harps,
  10. hurdy gurdy,
  11. Irish bouzouki,
  12. mandolas,
  13. pipes,
  14. uilleann pipes,
  15. violas,
  16. violins
  17. and whistles,
  18. not merely the guitar, bass and drums structure in most popular music.

The only problem I’ve got is that a handful of tracks are plain screamo with slight folk metal in the far background. Needless to say (type), I’m a tough customer especially when adding material to my collection of over 600 discs ranging from folk (not metal) and country to electronica and rave to thrash and industrial metal.

what if IBM Watson becomes an ordained minister? maybe

IBM Watson Power 7 (taken from Slashdot)IBM Watson Power 7 might become an ordained minister after all. Several people are already getting married this way. Now this is really cool!

ULC Ministers Join in ‘Robot Wedding’ Trend
But robots have have also played instrumental roles in the ceremonies themselves. At the wedding of Neeva Reese and Moe McLendon in San Juan Capistrano, California, a robot with glowing red eyes named Father Emiglio served as wedding officiant. The groom constructed the unusual wedding minister using the shell of an Italian toy robot called Emiglio, an array of Lego blocks, vacuum tubes, and antennae, a Star Wars Y-wing starfighter for a nose, and ribbon cables for mutton chops. Meanwhile, mechanical engineer Laura Wong used a robot from work to serve as ring-bearer at her wedding.”

http://www.themonastery.org/blog/2014/01/ulc-ministers-join-in-robot-wedding-trend/

Before anyone complains about having a robot minister — especially IBM Watson Power 7, read the following from the program director in IBM’s Watson Solutions Group.

Michael Holmes 10/10/2012 at 09:00:17
Hi. Michael Holmes here, program director in IBM’s Watson Solutions Group. Just to be clear, Watson has no role in ‘becoming’ any kind of human role and will continue to focus on helping professionals make more informed, evidence-based decisions based on its ability to consume and understand vast quantities of written documents. ie- it’s not a doctor. But it is being trained to help oncologists better use the medical literature to make better diagnosis, test, and treatment recommendations for cancer patients.”

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